Body acceptance workshops offer support for disordered eating

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 Body acceptance workshops offer support for disordered eating

Body Acceptance Workshops

Designed specifically for college-aged women, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will offer four sessions of the Body Acceptance Program this spring.

This 2-hour workshop helps participants resist and challenge sociocultural pressures to conform to the thin-ideal and reduce their pursuit of unrealistic appearance standards. Throughout the program, women participate in verbal, written and behavioral exercises to establish and maintain a positive body image.

“It’s important for students to engage in services such as this workshop to have the opportunity to connect with others who have similar struggles and to encourage each other to combat societal pressures,” says Jenifer Manstedt, a mental health counselor and facilitator of the Body Acceptance Program from CAPS.

All workshops are limited to 12 participants. Students interested in participating should call CAPS at 402-472-7450 to reserve their spot.

Sessions will occur:

  • Thursday, February 23, from 12-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 8, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 30, from 3-5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 7, from 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20, from 1-3 p.m.

Data from the Healthy Minds Study in early 2022 indicated that 30% of UNL students are at-risk of having an eating disorder. These workshops seeks to help improve disordered eating before it leads to significant health problems.

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